We didn’t issue any academic papers to Sakaja – Ugandan university clarifies

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On Mon, 13 Jun, 2022 13:59 | 2 mins read
Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja. PHOTO/Courtesy
Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja. PHOTO/Courtesy

St Lawrence University in Uganda says Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja was never admitted, registered, assessed or conferred any academic award by the school in the last 12 years of its existence. 

The details emerged, in documents filed before an IEBC dispute resolution committee, days after the University of Nairobi and Teams University also denounced the academic qualifications held by the senator. 

"I am aware that on June 8, 2022, St Lawrence University Uganda issued a letter addressed to the High Commissioner Kenya about social media allegations that Mr Sakaja has a degree from the institution," said the complainant. 

In the said letter the Ugandan University distanced itself from the forgery allegations and stated that they were investigating the same and would consider taking legal action if it found that the said academic testimonials were forgeries. 

According to documents filed before an IEBC dispute resolution committee seen by a voter,  Dennis A Nairobi voter Gakuu Wahome has filed an application against Sakaja's candidature saying the Senator is fond of forging academic papers.

"Sakaja has a habit of forging and fraudulently misrepresenting academic qualifications,"Gakuu said.

Through lawyer Paul Nyamodi, the voter informed the IEBC tribunal that the allegations that Sakaja holds a valid university degree are false. 

"Sakaja cannot be cleared to vie on the basis of forged degree certificate and is therefore liable for criminal prosecution for forgery and fraudulent misrepresentation," Gakuu added. 

He further wants orders recommending the institution of criminal proceedings against Sakaja for fraud and forgery. 

Gakuu adds that from information gathered from Teams University, also in Uganda, Sakaja did not study there. 

He states that according to a graduation list for October 21, 2016, which Sakaja claims to have graduated,  his name is missing.

Only six students graduated with a Bachelor's degree in science in management, and Sakaja is not one of the graduands. 

It is said that Teams university stopped offering the said degree of bachelor of science in management in 2015, one year before Sakaja's said graduation date.

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